What is Required BEFORE Orientation?

Incoming Sonoma State Students must pay the Orientation fee before they can register for an orientation session. The cost of Orientation is $255. This fee INCLUDES your parking, meals, supplies given to you, overnight accommodations and staffing for the event.

Orientation is overnight and is mandatory for all students to spend the night on campus in the assigned room in a residence hall that they will receive when they arrive. If you have a special accommodation that we should be aware of, please contact the Orientation office at least one week prior to coming to Orientation at 707-664-4464 or orientation@sonoma.edu. Not staying on campus until the completion of Orientation could affect your enrollment in classes.

Directed Self-Placement at SSU

Directed Self-Placement (DSP) comprises a set of literacy tasks that students complete in an approximately 2-hour working session online in Moodle (SSU's learning management system). During the DSP process, students

  • engage in a series of college-level reading and writing tasks
  • reflect on their literacy skills preparation
  • learn about first year composition/reading courses at SSU
  • choose their first-year composition/reading course themselves and register for it during Summer Orientation.

For More information please visit SSU's Directed Self-Placement website

Placement Exams

Early Assessment Program (EAP) results provide an early indicator of your readiness to take college level courses. Knowing and understanding your EAP status and overall CAASPP scores will give you the opportunity to improve your skills during your senior year by enrolling in classes that will help you prepare for college level courses.

"Ready" for English and Math

An EAP status of "STANDARD EXCEEDED" means you are READY to enroll directly in college level English and/or math courses upon enrolling at SSU and that you are exempt from the Early Start Program. You can also earn a "READY" status if you receive one of these qualifying test scores:

English:

  • ACT: 22 and above
  • OLD SAT: 500 and above
  • NEW SAT: 550 and above
  • AP Language/Literature Composition: 3 and above

Math:

  • ACT: 23 and above
  • OLD SAT: 550 and above
  • NEW SAT: 570 and above
  • AP Calculus or AP Statistics Exam: 3 and above

For more information regarding placement exams, please visit the website for Admissions Prepare for Enrollment

Early Start Program

The CSU system recently enacted a policy requiring a course called "Early Start" that is mandated for incoming students who do not demonstrate readiness for college-level math and/or English to begin remediation during the summer before coming to the CSU. The goals of Early Start are to better prepare students in math and English before their first semester, thereby improving their chances of completing a college degree. For more information regarding the Early Start Program, please visit the Early Start Program website.

Disability Services for Students

If applicable, please contact the Disabilities Services for Students (DSS) office for your needs before, or at the time Summer Orientation.

Send Immunization Records

In accordance with CSU Policy & State law, prior to starting classes at SSU, entering students are required to provide copies of official records showing that they have received the following immunizations to the SSU Office of Admissions & Records, 1801 E. Cotati Ave. Rohnert Park CA 94928. These records are due at least 6-8 weeks before the start of the student's first semester at SSU:

  • Measles & Rubella (MMR vaccine) - Required of students born after 12/31/56. Records must show completion of TWO separate MMR shots after 12 months of age & at least one month apart.
  • Hepatitis B Vaccine - Required of entering students who will be under 19 at the time their first semester of classes begins. This requirement persists until satisfied regardless of subsequent age. Records must show completion of a series of THREE appropriately spaced Hepatitis B shots.

For further information, including instructions and answers to frequently asked questions, please visit the Student Health Center's guide to Immunizations and Requirements.